The Recent Upgrades on Our Narconon Michigan Facility

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Located in Albion, a small town in rural southern Michigan, the Narconon Freedom Center has been in operation for more than 12 years now. Since the day when it first opened its doors, the Freedom Center has been the place where people from Michigan and throughout the region could come to participate in the Narconon drug rehabilitation program, a program renowned for the fact that it can boast a success rate of approximately 70 percent.

As one of only a few Narconon centers east of the Mississippi, the Narconon Freedom Center must be prepared to provide treatment and rehab solutions to large numbers of people and it meets this demand with a total of 100 beds for patients, or students as Narconon refers to the people who come for help. Founded in 2001, the Freedom Center is a relatively new facility, with recent installations and outfitting for the purposes of delivering the Narconon program. Even so, the staff of the center are always looking for ways to improve the experience of their students, and with this in mind they recently performed a series of upgrades to the facility and the grounds.

To begin with, the cafeteria was repainted, providing students with a more pleasant and aesthetically-appealing environment in which to eat their meals. The lounge areas also received a facelift, with new furniture that the students can enjoy while socializing, reading or engaging in recreational activities in their free time. Outside of the building, new flowers were planted in beds throughout the facility, while inside a new boiler system was installed for heating on the notoriously cold Michigan winters, where temperatures can drop below freezing or even below zero. The men’s restrooms received a full remodel, and the entire women’s wing was remodeled to such a significant extent as to call for holding a grand re-opening to celebrate the improvements. Most students can expect to spend between four and six months during their stay at Narconon Freedom Center, and the recent renovations go a long way towards making their experience more enjoyable.

Drug rehab is, more often than not, a highly challenging experience. Very often, it is actually one of the most difficult and onerous experiences a person will ever face. By providing a pleasant facility with comfortable amenities and beautiful surroundings, the Narconon Freedom Center seeks to minimize the undesirable aspects of addiction recovery and make the experience as smooth, or even enjoyable, as possible.

Why the Renovations Matter

The Executive Director of Narconon Freedom Center was recently quoted as saying that the upgrades to the building and grounds have enabled the center to fine tune the facility. This is part of a larger goal of continually improving the service and quality of stay at the Freedom Center. They seek to offer students a clean and comfortable environment where they can get over the physical aspects of their addiction, confront the issues that drove them to drugs or alcohol in the first place, and get their lives back on track. Unclean or even filthy living quarters, shabby decorations, a drab environment and lack of amenities can all add up to major distractions.

No matter how effective the rehab program itself may be, distractions of this type can effectively block progress and interfere with getting results in terms of stable and lasting recovery. The team at the Narconon Freedom Center has taken major steps to remove these distractions and thereby to improve the likelihood that students will recover from addiction. The Narconon program was originally developed behind the bars of an Arizona prison, and in the early days it achieved outstanding results, despite being delivered in that same prison. Now, with a beautiful and comfortable facility like the Narconon Freedom Center can take proceed through the same program while also enjoying a chance to relax and regroup.


Karen Hadley

For more than a decade, Karen has been researching and writing about drug trafficking, drug abuse, addiction and recovery. She has also studied and written about policy issues related to drug treatment.